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Published: Monday, Dec. 6 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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ECR
Burke, VA

LeBron's childish, in-your-face departure from the Cleveland Caveliers was what prompted the Cleveland fans negative reaction to his return last week. Under the circumstances, the fans were quite well behaved. Had LeBron simply signed a contract with Miami and said goodbye to the Cleveland fans with thanks and gratitude for their years of support, none of this would have occurred. His pompous attitude, and that of his new teammate Dwyane Wade, coupled with their mediocre performance to date despite guarantees of success, only added fuel to the fire. Whatever disdain LeBron experiences for the rest of his career was caused by his own actions and attitudes. And by the way, LeBron has NO CHANCE of ever achieving Michael Jordan status in the NBA since he decided he could never win a championship on his own but needed the help of another top achiever. Jordan made his teammates better. LeBron is only interested in himself.

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Esquire
Springville, UT

He's playing and doing fine. Big whoop.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Comparing Karl Malone to Lebron is a weak argument.

Lebron is much much MUCH more famous. Lebron didn't have Stockton. Lebron is from Cleveland, while Malone wasn't. And Lebron promised to not quit until he brought a championship trophy to that state.

Oh, and Karl Malone also didn't leave in his prime after the team had committed themselves to winning with him to only embarrass the Utah Jazz on national TV.

When Karl Malone left, he was on his last leg of his career, Stockton was retiring, and the Utah Jazz themselves, were eager to move in a different direction. Malone's departure was subtle and expected. He was classy and expressed gratitude.

Lebron meanwhile, left on national tv. He embarrassed Cleveland fans and angered most basketball fans with that ridiculous show, THE DECISION.

Lebron can be booed. People paid over 100+ bucks for their ticket. They have a right to boo and cheer who they want. Threats aren't needed, but are completely understandable.

Comparing Lebron and Malone is a completely ignorant stretch for a Lebron apologist. There aren't many similarities in the way they left.

42istheanswer
SLC, UT

LB is no MJ. The problem is that LB represents all of the greed that pervades the NBA. That is why people don't like him.

TOO
Fairview, UT

It wasn't WHAT he did, it's HOW he did it. LeBron grew up in that area. The Cavs and their fans found out what was going on the same time as the rest of the world...except for the Heat. The Heat were the only ones who knew he was coming. If James had told the Cavalier administration that he was leaving, okay, that's fine. But to do it in such a tasteless manner, that's just not right.

Brett
Tucker, GA

Labron can't have it both ways. For 7 years he was worshipped in Cleveland. If he is capable of such high praise, he must also be capable of such loathing and scorn.

The WAY he made his DECISION, was an arrogant, narcissistic moment of self worship at the EXPENSE of Cleveland. It was a slap in the face. He earned their scorn.

But he had the right to leave.

Others out side of Cleveland do not like that his move destroys competition in the NBA. If Miami, Boston, LA, and New York all get 3 superstars, what's left in the NBA?

If you go play a pickup game at the court and one team is winning 30-10, you switch up the teams. The fact that Labron is loading up one team, shows what a weak competitor he is. And he lost all respect I had for him.

Neill Benson
Provo, Ut

Let me just add to that.....Who cares?

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

I saw no violence or anything approaching it.
You are allowed to boo (unless you at a BYU game)
Any anger the fans may have should be directed at the Cavs owner.

LeBron played out his contract...he met his obligation.
The owner is a fool for thinking that LeBron could win a title alone. For 7 years that team treaded water and go noplace.
LeBron might have exited awkwardly, but his owner is at fault here, not LJ.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Usually when a player leaves town... it's just business. But SOMETIMES... due to special circumstances it becomes personal.

In Labron's case it became VERY personal.

Same with Fisher's exit from Utah (where he wasn't traded... he SAID he needed to "Retire" from the NBA, so we let him out of his contract... just to see him sign with the Lakers days later). Thus the "BOOOOOOOHHHs" when he comes back to SLC.

Things like... Labron's "Cleaveland's not good enough for me" special broadcast, dirty_deals (Fisher), dishing dirt on the fans, coach or team on the way out, etc... cause fan anger.

Until fans get it out of their system the anger will remain.

My advice to Labron... Just hang tough and let it run off your back the next few times you go to Cleveland, and EVENTUALLY... they will get it out of their system and be able to get on their lives.

However just insisting fans not_express_their_anger and keep it inside... will just cause it to boil and fester for YEARS.

Just keeping a lid on it isn't the solution. Get it out or your system! Then GET OVER IT!

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